Applications are now available for 2018 grant funds to spruce up facades in Yankton’s Meridian District. The facade grant program seeks to provide multiple grants each year, including a 50 percent match of private funds, to grant funds for a total of $15,000 available in 2018.

Preference will be given to projects that involve historic restorations, but new non-historic facade improvements are eligible as well. All projects must fall within a set of repair and enhancement guidelines and must occur on the portions of the building visible to the public. Owners and tenants of existing commercial property (excluding single family residences) located south of Fifth St. between Linn St. and Burleigh St. are eligible to apply for assistance.

Applicants are asked to complete a simple, two-page application and include a proposed budget and a basic drawing or illustration of the proposed project. All improvements must conform to the building code and other codes, and the owner must work with the South Dakota Historic Preservation Office on projects impacting buildings in the historic district.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee representing the downtown community, business owners, historical preservation, elected officials and city staff. Following the committee review, applications recommended for funding will be submitted to the City Commission.

The application deadline is set as March 1, with additional applications being accepted as long as grant funds remain available. Copies of the application can be picked up at the Community and Economic Development Department located in City Hall at 416 Walnut Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or downloaded anytime online at cityofyankton.org.

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